I assume we're talking about the US school system? I definitely think a few courses in logic should be added to the curriculum, but then I don't know who would teach it. Many teachers can't think rationally either.
It's like this, "Oh Hai new teachers welcome to school! All the hard work you put into becoming a teacher is reduced to a single book that tells you how to do your job for the rest of your teaching career! :D HAVE FUN"
I would say yes we need a "Basic Logic" class. It's simple, showcase how things are not always what they seem. :-}
Perhaps the real class should be "dont be afraid to speak up and ask questions 101"
A class in critical thinking and logic would be invaluable. The only real question is at what age should the classes start? I suspect that if such a class were taught, improvement would be seen in most other classes as well.
I complain about a lot about new zealand cause it being such a crap hole but one thing i have found that I'm impressed with is they have a course you can add to your child's studies called P4C or Philosophy For Children, "P4C" is a program for schoolchildren that aims to improve children's thinking through class discussion on philosophical issues. They hope to achieve some of these following skills through their P4C course: Open mindedness, Cognitive Skills, Evaluating reasons and arguments, Exploring and analyzing concepts, Identifying fallacies, Testing generalizations. These are just some of their goals through this class
Now if they offered this in the states i think i would be cool. cause this starts from when they start school at 5
and continues all the way till they finish... its kind of cool i think.
I was fairly lucky, we had a Humanities class (AP only) in my high school that covered some of the basics of philosophical thought. Plus my World History teacher, as part of the histories of other countries, briefly covered their religions as well, at least acknowledging their existence,